French Country Fridays No. 11 ~ Bedrooms, Foyers, Bathrooms and More!

Welcome to French Country Fridays!

Happy Friday dear friends!

It’s time for the eleventh edition of French Country Fridays where I, along with six of my Francophile friends, share our take on French style!

In this edition, I’m sharing the before and after of our Grand Foyer renovation. It still amazes me to look at the before pictures! My friends are sharing some gorgeous French inspiration with a guest bedroom all dressed for Spring, Coastal French style, tips and ideas for choosing a rug, using a home fragrance, tips for hosting an outdoor dinner party, and an amazing bathroom remodel!

So grab your favorite beverage, get comfortable, and enjoy this edition of French Country Fridays!

Cheers, Cindy

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Savvy Southern Style | Navy and Pink Guest Bedroom for Spring

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Shabbyfufu | Celebrating French Style Dinner at the Beach House

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Cedar Hill Farmhouse | 9 Rug Tips and Ideas

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Designthusiasm | 10 Ways to Use Home Fragrance to Add Luxury to Your Day

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Edith and Evelyn Vintage | A Grand Foyer Transformation

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French Country Cottage | 3 Tips for Hosting a Beautiful Outdoor Dinner Party

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Maison de Cinq | Farmhouse Style Master Bathroom Remodel

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Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later

Almost every day I get questions about our IKEA sofas in the family room, so today I’m going to give you an honest review of these sofas three years after purchasing them.

When we finished the renovation of the family room three years ago, I knew that I wanted two sofas with slipcovers so that I could remove them for washing.

I wanted the look of the Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs slipcovered sofas, but without the price tag.

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

In researching slipcovered sofas, I kept coming across the IKEA Ektorp sofa. At less than $500, I just couldn’t believe that they were very good quality, but I kept reading positive reviews about them.

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

When a new IKEA store opened less than 3 hours away, hubby and I decided to go check out the sofas in person, and I was very impressed with the look and feel. So we decided to take a chance, and we purchased the sofa and loveseat with the Vittaryd White slipcovers.

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Both sofas came in large boxes, and they were easy to unpack with very minimal assembly. I have to tell you that hubby was definitely a bit skeptical…..he really believed that we had wasted money on buying them, and that they would not hold up.

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

It’s now three years later and I can honestly say that I am obsessed with these sofas. Hubby and I both love them, and today, three years later, they still look like new.

Now, before you comment that “you can’t have those with kids” or “you must not live in that room”…..we absolutely live in the family room and the sofas get lots of wear. We eat on them, drink our coffee and have red wine while sitting on them, we nap on them, and Miss RubyLou sits, sleeps, and lays on them each and every day. We have children in and out, and my big granddog (95 lbs) thinks the loveseat is hers. Do they get dirty? Of course they do! But you can literally take off the slipcovers and wash them when needed.

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

I love that the slipcovers can be washed and bleached, so I don’t worry about them getting soiled by spills and stains. They are very easy to remove and put back on. Brown sofas get dirty…..the difference is that I can wash mine!

Also, the slipcovers come in different colors, as well as dark colors so it’s easy to change the look. I have my eye on the beige slipcovers for a subtle change.

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

The Ektorp sofa might not work for everyone’s style, but I think they would work for most. You can’t beat the price point or the ease in care.

The pros of the IKEA Ektorp Sofa:

~The price….it just can’t be beat!

~Washable Slipcovers…..they are so easy to keep clean. You can wash the entire slipcover, or individual cushion covers if needed. I usually wash the entire slipcover on both sofas every 2-3 months.

~Replacement Slipcovers…..new slipcovers are very inexpensive, they fit like a glove, and come in different colors so it’s easy to change the look of your room with minimal expense.

~Comfort…..Hubby and I find these sofas to very comfortable. They are nice and firm and after three years, they haven’t lost their shape at all. We both tend to sit in the exact same spot and we haven’t noticed any misshapen cushions at all.

~Quality…..I think the quality is great! The slipcovers are still like new, and the cushions are still firm after three years.

~Getting the Pottery Barn/Ballard Designs look for a whole lot less.

Our IKEA Sofas Three Years Later | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

The cons of the IKEA Ektorp sofa:

~Location….not everyone lives close to an IKEA store, but they do ship directly to your door! You will have to pay for shipping, and that might not work for everyone. However, even with shipping, they are less than the Pottery Barn/Ballard Designs version.

~Wrinkles….Sometimes, after washing, the slipcovers will have wrinkles. But I have learned to take them out of the dryer while still slightly damp and put them back on the sofa. This makes it easier to get the slipcover back on, as well as stretches it just enough to remove most of the wrinkles.

I can honestly say that after three years, I have zero regrets about buying these sofas. And, if for some reason, they were destroyed tomorrow, I would purchase them again. They have held up well for our lifestyle and with our pets!

Cheers, Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

A French Lavabo and French Style Magazine

If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that I have a weakness for French antiques, and I’m always on the lookout for them. I get so excited when I find French pieces in estate sales, auctions, or directly from Europe. So, of course, I was thrilled when I found this French Lavabo wall sink.

French Lavabo and French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

This beauty originated in Europe and it is particularly fabulous!  It’s perfectly crusty, chippy, and flaky in all the right places, and the bottom is painted in a drool worthy pale blue!

French Lavabo and French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Dating to the early 1900’s, these cast iron wall sinks, known as a “lavabo” were usually mounted on the outside walls of the European homes. They were used for hand washing before entering the house.

Made of enameling over cast iron, many times the bottoms were painted in beautiful colors such as this one is. Those are highly sought after.

French Lavabo and French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

French Lavabo and French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

The lavabos could be very simple in design, as well as very detailed cast iron.

Today, they are sought after for many uses, including hanging on a garden or patio wall as a planter for flowers, herbs, etc. They have such Old World style and character!

French Lavabo and French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

They are really perfect as a planter because of the drainage in the bottom of the bowl.

French Lavabo and French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Lavabos make a very interesting functional sink for a potting area or mud room.

Many of them are still in wonderful condition when found.

French Lavabo and French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

Some lavabos are fancier than others……..I wonder if that was a reflection of the family “status”?

French Lavabo and French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

So many uses and ideas come to mind for these old European wall sinks.

I think one mounted by the front door with flowers would be gorgeous!  Maybe stamped with your address or a cute French quote on the back plate! I also love the idea of one mounted on the wall in the bathroom above a tub, filled with pretty towels, soaps, etc.

French Lavabo and French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

No matter what you re-purpose the lavabo for, it remains one of my very favorite things!

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On another note…..I wanted to share that we have a petite feature in the Summer addition of French Style Magazine!

French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

We were thrilled when the editor of French Style Magazine asked us to contribute to their article on collecting ironstone.

French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

French Style Magazine | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

French Style Magazine is a quarterly publication and this Summer edition will be on newsstands until June, so be sure pick up a copy! It’s filled with some stunning French interiors!

Cheers, Cindy

 

French Country Fridays No. 10 ~ Dining Rooms, French Farmhouse, and More!

Welcome, friends, to French Country Fridays No. 10!

Today’s edition of French Country Fridays features a dining room before and after, French farmhouse style, decorating with French items, and much, much more!

French Country Fridays No 10 | Edith & Evelyn | www.edithandevelynvintage.com

We’ve been enjoying some gorgeous Spring weather the last few days and I’ve spent that time working in the yard, cleaning up flower beds and pruning boxwoods. But tomorrow we are expecting bad storms as another cold front moves in and there is SNOW in the forecast for the weekend!

I’m so ready for Spring to arrive and stay for awhile!

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We’re finishing up the renovation on the guest bedroom and will be painting walls in the next few days. But before we do that, we will be blessing the room, so stay tuned to see how we do that!

I want to say how much I appreciate each and every one of you being here. It’s not lost on me that there are so many decor blogs out there, and for you to take a moment of your precious time to read mine is very humbling.

I am so grateful for each one of you.

Enjoy this edition of French Country Fridays, dear friends!

Have a great weekend!

Cheers, Cindy

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Shabbyfufu | Adding French Farmhouse Style To Your Home

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Cedar Hill Farmhouse | French Accents the Book is Here

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Designthusiasm | 8 Subtle Tricks to Upgrade Your Table from Boring to Unique

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Edith and Evelyn Vintage | French Dining Room ~ Before & After

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French Country Cottage | Top 10 Hammocks That are Perfect for Lazy Summer Naps

Top 10 hammocks that are perfect for lazy summer naps

Maison de Cinq | Gorgeous Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation

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Savvy Southern Style | How I Decorate With French Everyday Items

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French Country Fridays No. 9 ~ Louis XV Commode, Gardens, Elegant Family Room and More!

It’s French Country Friday!

Welcome to French Country Fridays No. 9!

This edition of our weekly series, French Country Fridays, is filled with so much beauty and inspiration! I know you are going to love visiting my francophile friends and soaking in all the beauty in their french style homes.

I’m traveling to the Gulf Coast today to shop at my very favorite monthly estate sale in Mobile, Alabama. I’m hoping to find some amazing frenchy antiques to go into our shop……so if there’s something in particular you’re looking for, leave me a comment and I will see if I can find it!

When we left SW MO early this morning, it was 40 degrees…..brrrrrr! I’m looking forward to having a couple of days in the South enjoying warmer weather and seeing all the flowers that are in bloom!

Have a great weekend, dear friends, and enjoy this edition of French Country Fridays!

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Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Colorful Striped Rug for the Bedroom

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Designthusiasm | Simple Changes for a Functional, Casually Elegant Family Room

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Edith and Evelyn Vintage | A Blue French Provincial Dresser

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French Country Cottage | 5 Favorites for a Beautiful English Cottage Style Garden

Maison de Cinq | Decorating with White Hydrangeas

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Savvy Southern Style | French Style Master Bedroom

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Shabbyfufu | Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack – French Style

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